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Program Course Requirements

    • Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Program in Biomathematics and Biostatistics
    • Program in Cancer Biology
    • Program in Cell and Regulatory Biology
    • Program in Experimental Therapeutics
    • Program in Genes and Development
    • Program in Human and Molecular Genetics
    • Program in Immunology
    • Program in Medical Physics
    • Program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
    • Program in Molecular Carcinogenesis
    • Program in Molecular Pathology
    • Program in Neuroscience
    • Program in Virology and Gene Therapy

Program in Cancer Biology Course Requirements

The Cancer Biology Program conforms to the general GSBS requirements requiring 54 credit hours minimum to include one credit hour of the Ethical Dimensions of the Biomedical Sciences (GS210051), 12 credit hours of Tutorial Research Experience (GS000514), four required GSBS area requirement courses, and a minimum of one year of registration for research which includes Research in Biomedical Sciences (GS000520) and Dissertation for Doctor of Philosophy (GS000920).



In the event that students can demonstrate previous undergraduate academic experience in one or more of the areas, they may petition to substitute one of the following alternative courses to satisfy an area requirement.


6 credit hours required. Students can take 1 course multiple times with the cumulative time counting towards the 6 hour requirement.


Students typically complete three laboratory tutorial research experiences (GS00 1514) their first year of study. The choice of tutorial laboratories is determined by each student. Following these, a student chooses a laboratory in which to undertake thesis research. During this time, an Advisory Committee composed of the student's advisor and four additional faculty members will assist the student in directing his or her research.


All GSBS students must petition to take the oral candidacy examination within three years of admission to the Ph.D. degree program. This examination is designed to ascertain both the student's preparation for investigation of a specific research problem, and the extent of knowledge in pertinent and related areas of biomedical science. It is administered by the student's Candidacy Examination Committee, and the results of this examination are communicated to both the Executive Committee of the Cancer Biology Program and the GSBS.


There is no formal teaching requirement for students in the Cancer Biology Program. Recently, the GSBS has initiated a Teaching Assistant Program where students are selected to assist in certain core courses. The teaching experience will vary from course to course, but it can include formal classroom teaching. Additional opportunities for teaching may be obtained through arrangement with individual course instructors.